BY DOUGLAS OLUM
Uganda Christian University students of Public Administration and Governance, have been advised against over-expectation when they graduate.
Grace Nabitandikwa, the in-Charge, Dental Department at Mukono Health Centre IV, made the call while addressing the students at the health centre on Friday January 25.
“When we are still students we tend to expect too much. We expect to hold those big offices. But as future administrators and leaders, we should be agents of change in our society. Use what you have learnt to impact on your society. Don’t look at things only from the benefit perspective,” Nabitandikwa said.
She was representing the hospital administration during an interaction session between the students and the hospital.
The students, their lecturers and the department administrators had gone to the health centre on a community outreach mission.
During the mission, the students and staff cleaned the hospital wards and compound, and also gave liquid soap, bar soap, hard brushes, driers, toiletries among other gifts to both the health centre and patients, especially postnatal mothers.
The outreach is an annual event sponsored by the department and carried out every January.
Martin Kizito, the head of department, Public Administration and Governance, under the Faculty of Social Sciences, said the outreach is of huge benefit to both the community and the university.
“This outreach is not just about giving back to the community but also gaining hands-on experience for both our students and lecturers. Through the informal interactions we have with the lower cadres at the hospital, we get to learn the actual problems on the ground,” Kizito said.
“Also, as Christians, this is one way we share the love of Christ with our community. Public health facilities need to be supported by other actors. We have identified that need and that is what we are responding to,” he added.
Kizito commended the students for the tireless work done during the exercise and called upon other faculties and departments at the university to join and support them during such programmes.
Ronald Eletu Komakech, a Bachelor of Governance and International Relations student, said as Public Aministration and Governance Society, an ambrella association that unites students under the department, their objective was to give hope to needy patients.
“It is my pride as a student to give back to the community. Through this, we show love, care and also set a good example for others to emulate,” Komakech said.